September 23, 2010

Linemen commits comment on Ole Miss

The football season is already five weeks old, but Justin Bell knows Friday night will be different.

Bell's Callaway team is 4-0, with a couple quality wins, but he stay focused it means nothing. Region play begins this week, and that's all that matters. Callaway faces Provine, and that's all Bell is worried about.

"We've played well and won games, but we just want to worry about getting in the playoffs," said Bell, who is a teammate of fellow Ole Miss commit Aaron Morris. "This may not be the best team since I've been in high school, but it's the best offensive line, and that's a key for any team. You can win like that."

Bell and Morris - both offensive lineman - gave verbal pledges to Ole Miss within a week of one another and have been constant fixtures around the Oxford, Miss., campus. Lately, though, those trips haven't been the happiest of occasions.

The Rebels are 0-2 at home in 2010, losing to FCS member Jacksonville State (49-48) and previously winless Vanderbilt (28-14). Bell watched the Vanderbilt game with his mother and teammates and had trouble viewing Ole Miss' struggles.

The Rebels' start isn't sitting well with the 6-foot-3, 320-pounder.

"I don't want to go into detail, but let's just say I'm frustrated," Bell said. "Frustrated is the word I want to use. I'm not having second thoughts abut my commitment, but it's tough right now."

Bell sees the miscues and the missed chances.

"I know they have talent," Bell said. "You can see that, but it's the turnovers and the mistakes. They can turn it around. Hopefully that'll happen and they'll get it going in the division."

HALL SET TO JOIN BROTHER: Mitch Hall knows this season is doubly tough on his older brother, Matt.

The elder Hall, an offensive tackle who transferred to Ole Miss from Arkansas in January, is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules and practicing with a young offensive line that has had its share of struggles during the Rebels' 1-2 start this fall.

Mitch Hall, who was the first prospect to publicly commit to the Rebels' 2011 signing class, is finishing up his high school career. Like Ole Miss, Russellville (Ark.) High School is off to a 1-2 start, and Hall isn't thrilled with is play. Like his brother, however, he's convinced better days are ahead.

"I know it kills (Matt) that he can't be out there playing," said Mitch Hall, an offensive lineman ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 9 prospect in Arkansas. "Matt is just sitting there and can't play. (He can) just be a part of watching the game and that's it."

As for Ole Miss' early-season woes, Mitch Hall said his brother addressed that during a discussion between the two following the Rebels' 28-14 loss to Vanderbilt Saturday.

"He said, 'We'll get there, and we're a good team. We just don't have a lot of experience right now,'" Mitch Hall said.

Mitch Hall, a 6-foot-6, 330-pounder said he struggled a bit early this season.

"But now I'm getting back in shape and once I am, I can dominate the whole game," Hall said. "I've been doing pretty good, but my game can always get better."

Hall visited Ole Miss for the Rebels' Sept. 4 home opener against Jacksonville State, a game the Gamecocks won in stunning fashion, a 49-48 decision in double overtime.

Despite Ole Miss' loss, Mitch Hall said, the trip "was a lot of fun being there and watching the game. Then I just hung out with my brother for a little bit afterwards and went home later."

Brandon Lockhart contributed to this story.

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